Measurement of the transverse momentum and φ∗ η distributions of Drell–Yan lepton pairs in proton–proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Distributions of transverse momentum pℓℓT and the related angular variable ϕ∗η of DrellΓÇôYan lepton pairs are measured in 20.3┬áfb−1 of protonΓÇôproton collisions at √s=8┬áTeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Measurements in electron-pair and muon-pair final states are corrected for detector effects and combined. Compared to previous measurements in protonΓÇôproton collisions at √s=7┬áTeV, these new measurements benefit from a larger data sample and improved control of systematic uncertainties. Measurements are performed in bins of lepton-pair mass above, around and below the Z-boson mass peak. The data are compared to predictions from perturbative and resummed QCD calculations. For values of ϕ∗η<1 the predictions from the Monte Carlo generator ResBos are generally consistent with the data within the theoretical uncertainties. However, at larger values of ϕ∗η this is not the case. Monte Carlo generators based on the parton-shower approach are unable to describe the data over the full range of pℓℓT while the fixed-order prediction of Dynnlo falls below the data at high values of pℓℓT. ResBos and the parton-shower Monte Carlo generators provide a much better description of the evolution of the ϕ∗η and pℓℓT distributions as a function of lepton-pair mass and rapidity than the basic shape of the data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number291
Pages (from-to)1-61
Number of pages61
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2016

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